gob·​ble·​dy·​gook | \ ˈgä-bəl-dē-ˌgu̇k How to pronounce gobbledygook (audio) , -ˌgük\
variants: or less commonly gobbledegook

Definition of gobbledygook

: wordy and generally unintelligible jargon

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Examples of gobbledygook in a Sentence

The report is just a bunch of gobbledygook. cut through the gobbledygook and just tell me what the final cost of the car would be

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The return email address was some big long gobbledygook address. cleveland.com, "Email scammer claims reader visited porn website, must pay $1,387 to keep it secret: Money Matters," 1 Sep. 2019 Editorialists from Oakland to Omaha pounced on the exchange, highlighting the new word as a prime example of the Pentagon’s penchant for gobbledygook. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Weaponize,’ a Term for Arms, From the Tennis Court to the Supreme Court," 27 July 2018 If their servers do get hacked, the data is gobbledygook without the master password only each individual user knows. Geoffrey A. Fowler, The Seattle Times, "Password managers have a security flaw, but you should still use one," 19 Feb. 2019 The film actually discourages learning the mathematics behind the aiming system, essentially labeling it gobbledygook whose understanding was unnecessary for gunners to do their jobs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a World War II Training Cartoon Voiced by Mel Blanc," 8 Nov. 2017 For example, the DNA in our cells is littered with huge stretches of repetitive, useless gobbledygook. Nathan H. Lents, WSJ, "The Botch of the Human Body," 13 Apr. 2018 Two nifty 20th-century words are malarkey (1929) and gobbledygook (1944). Stephen Miller, WSJ, "What’s Another Word for Derp?," 29 May 2018 In looking back on the influence Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake has established over this last half-century, that little quip of gobbledygook makes more sense now than ever before. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Small Faces' 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' Turns 50: Phil Collen, Peter Frampton, Linda Thompson & More Pay Tribute," 24 May 2018 Their explanations are always a jumbled turd of gobbledygook about forgiveness, togetherness and everything except the evil of white supremacy. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Least Racist People You Know, Ranked," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of gobbledygook

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gobbledygook

irregular from gobble, noun

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English Language Learners Definition of gobbledygook

informal : speech or writing that is complicated and difficult to understand

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